Some history on coat of arms with compliments of Wikipedia:
Way back our parents and grand parents used to have what we know as family crests or coat of arms. This was normally printed or sometimes even painted. It had a lot of meaning for them and the family as it was something to show where they came from. This tradition have slowly died out. Children now days do not even know that their family name was once linked to a coat of arms that was sketched by hand.
Some people like myself, although still part of the younger generation, do however like these old traditions. And I am sure many of you out there will want to pass it on to your children and grand children.
I have started to redraw coat of arms digitally, only for myself at first, then for my wife’s family and soon after for friends. All the images I could find for my coat of arms and the same for my wife’s family and friends was very low resolution pictures. Mostly scanned in from different sources. Online you do find websites that offer you the coat of arms for your surname however, I have yet to find the website with the correct one for my family.
Working in the laser engraving industry have taught me a lot of good things. Especially how to make something ordinary very special and even create the possibility of a family heirloom. Throughout my work in the field, and some requests from my wife and friends, I have made some very nice gifts and family heirlooms for them just by using the coat of arms and some ordinary products.
Below is some pictures of what I have done so far.
This was done for my father in-law’s birthday. Basic wine gift set with the family coat of arms laser engraved into the wood.
First test on wood for my brother-inlaw coat of arms. The idea with his coat of arms is to be placed on a gun stock to create a family heirloom. See below picture.
Gunstock laser engraved on a Trotec Speedy 300 Laser to create a family heirloom to be passed down in future generations.
My own coat of arms laser engraved as a test on anodised aluminium. My idea is to place mine on a collectors knife one day…
Making these coats of arms digital takes a couple of hours of designing. The idea is to get as close to the original as possible. Being made digital, there will always be small differences. No computer can or will ever draw the same as the original artist that created these coat of arms.
Here is some of the before and after pictures:
If you would like your coat of arms to be made digitally and maybe like the possibility of laser engraving the coat of arms on your knife, gunstock etc. please send me a e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
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